Cool & Collected

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Flitting gracefully over a four-decade period of Miles Davis's long and eventful career, this sleek collection sticks mainly to his lyrical, acoustic-era work. If it doesn't provide a well-rounded sketch of Davis's multiple artistic achievements, it certainly proves that his utterly distinctive trumpet voice was one of the most compelling sounds in musical history. Throughout, Davis is surrounded by brilliant sidemen -- including saxophonists John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Wayne Shorter; pianists Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock; and drummers Philly Joe Jones and Tony Williams, among others -- but it's the leader's emotionally piercing horn that remains the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Flitting gracefully over a four-decade period of Miles Davis's long and eventful career, this sleek collection sticks mainly to his lyrical, acoustic-era work. If it doesn't provide a well-rounded sketch of Davis's multiple artistic achievements, it certainly proves that his utterly distinctive trumpet voice was one of the most compelling sounds in musical history. Throughout, Davis is surrounded by brilliant sidemen -- including saxophonists John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Wayne Shorter; pianists Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock; and drummers Philly Joe Jones and Tony Williams, among others -- but it's the leader's emotionally piercing horn that remains the undeniable focus. At his peak during the 1950s and '60s, Davis was both a master balladeer -- as displayed in beautiful performances of "Summertime," " 'Round Midnight," and "Stella by Starlight" -- as well as a swinging improviser of incredible melodic invention, as heard on "E.S.P.," "Milestones," and "Seven Steps to Heaven." In fact, it was this diversity and all-encompassing verve that made him the jazz legend that he remains today. Cool & Collected is far from the last word on Davis, but it makes a satisfying introduction to his striking genius.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Did we really need this? For the first time in years, Legacy has opted not to issue a deluxe Miles Davis box with a ton of unreleased studio and live material and has instead issued this handy little sampler complete with a Carlos Santana remix tagged on at the end. It's more that Legacy needed to issue it. Still, for those just coming to the mystery, magic, and some time-madness of Miles Davis, Cool & Collected is a great place to start. While many might argue that Kind of Blue is the best place (and they'd certainly have a point), the wider view presented here makes real sense. Kicking off with that album's "So What," with the Bill Evans/John Coltrane/Cannonball Adderley band, you can hear one of the most familiar themes in jazz. And if there were ever an intro to Kind of Blue, this cut is the one. There's also the beautiful "Summertime" from the Gil Evans/Miles Davis collaboration of Porgy and Bess. But there are some surprises, too, such as the cross-licensed "Généerique" from the Fontana issued soundtrack to Louis Malle's debut directorial effort, Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud. There is also the alternate take of "Fran-Dance" featured on the Davis/Coltrane box set with the Kind of Blue band. Other familiar themes are "Milestones," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "'Round Midnight," and Wayne Shorter's "E.S.P." The big complaint is that the fabulous last quintet with Shorter is so under-represented here, and that neither the Bitches Brew or Live-Evil bands are included, even as edits. The In a Silent Way album is touched on, however truncated, by Santana's throwaway remix of "It's About That Time." The cover of "Time After Time" that became a surprise late hit single for Davis is far more preferable and is thankfully included. So this set is problematic, and of course it might have been preferable to cross-license the Prestige material instead of this just OK soundtrack, but these are minor quibbles. A decent, if not remarkable intro disc to a 20th century legend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768478424
  • Catalog Number: 84784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So What (9:23)
  2. 2 Summertime (3:20)
  3. 3 Généerique (2:48)
  4. 4 Stella by Starlight (4:45)
  5. 5 Fran-Dance (5:52)
  6. 6 Milestones (5:44)
  7. 7 'Round Midnight (5:57)
  8. 8 Bye Bye Blackbird (7:55)
  9. 9 Seven Steps to Heaven (6:25)
  10. 10 Time After Time (3:38)
  11. 11 E.S.P. (5:30)
  12. 12 Human Nature (4:30)
  13. 13 It's About That Time (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Geri Allen fender rhodes
Bob Berg Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter Upright Bass
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Bill Evans Piano
Red Garland Piano
Herbie Hancock Piano
Dave Holland Bass
Robert Irving III Keyboards
Philly Joe Jones Drums
John McLaughlin Guitar
Pierre Michelot Bass
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
John Scofield Guitar
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins French Horn
Barney Wilen Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Willie Ruff French Horn
Joe Zawinul Piano, Keyboards
Danny Bank Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Billy Barber Tuba
Paul Chambers Upright Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Chick Corea Piano, Keyboards
Charley Drayton Bass
Gil Evans Conductor
Al Foster Drums
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Darryl Jones Electric Bass
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Gunther Schuller French Horn
Steve Thornton Percussion
Pat Thrall Guitar
René Urtreger Piano
Dick Hixon Trombone
Carlos Santana Guitar
Joe Bennett & Sparkletones Trombone
Tony Ruption Williams Drums
Azize Faye African Drums
Ndongo Mbaye talking drum
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer, Producer
Robert Irving III Producer
Cootie Williams Composer
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
George Avakian Producer
Niko Bolas Engineer
Charley Drayton Programming, Producer
Gil Evans Arranger
Jim Gaines Engineer
Frank Laico Engineer
Cal Lampley Producer
Teo Macero Producer, Audio Production
Thelonious Monk Composer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Tom Swift Engineer
Pat Thrall Programming, Producer, Remixing
Irving Townsend Producer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Johnny Hoyt Engineer, Remixing
Harold Chapman Engineer
Marcel Romano Producer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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